The United Church Dorchester

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Prayers, reflections and mindfulness


As we learn to cope with the impact of Coronavirus on ourselves, our families and our community, the following resources are shared in the hope that they can help us reflect on and better understand what is happening.

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Prayers (click on the text in the left hand column to open / download the prayer)  


A prayer for testing times

Written by Rev Barbara Glasson, this explore what is means to be Christian during difficult periods of our lives.



Prayers for Good Friday and Passiontide

Two prayers from Matthew Reed that reflect on this special time of year: both benefit from being read aloud.

A Celtic Evening Prayer

This can also be found in the resources for the many options now becoming available to worship at home


A Locked Church Prayer

The buildings may be locked, but our hearts are always open.

A Prayer from Traidcraft

As we see so many around us struggling, we ask for God's help in supporting people around the world, and in offering positive ways forward. 




A reflective journey for Holy Week along the Via Dolorosa following Christ's Passion using the Bridport Stations of the Cross Paintings, led by Rev'd Peter Clark, Minister of the United Church Bridport.

This is 40 minute video, exploring the messages of commissioned paintings which can be seen as part of the reflections.

Reflections on Kindness

At a time of understandable concern for ourselves - how might we show kindness to others as Jesus did for us?

Some thoughts from Matthew Reed





Fishing for Hope

A creative challenge for us all, that will help us reflect on the meaning of the fish as a symbol of Christian identity, hope and salvation.

The information sheet includes instructions on how to make a knitted and / or a crochet fish 

Mask Extenders

The Southampton District of the Methodist church has asked for help in creating mask extenders for our brave frontline workers. These extenders ensure a more secure fit, whilst taking pressure off the ears which are sore from constant mask- wearing. 

We have contacted Dorset County Hospital and they do need these: they have suggested people make 5 each so as to not overload them. There is a postal address to send them to (see below), or they can be dropped off at the hospital if people live locally.

Address for sending completed mask extenders:

Hannah Robinson, Volunteer Team

Dorset County Hospital, Williams Avenue

Dorchester, Dorset DT1 2JY


Knitted Teddy Bears' Picnic

The Royal Voluntary Service is asking people to knit, crochet, sew, felt etc teddy bears, little picnic blankets, picnic food and other items while they are in isolation and during the lockdown period.

Once things return to normal they will collect all the items and display them at one of the libraries to show what we have created over these weeks. After that, all the items will be sold to raise money for Royal Voluntary Service, a charity supporting older people in the community – most of us will know the organisation better under its previous name, WRVS.

You can find more details on the information sheet.

Christmas Angels: a knitting opportunity

Would you be able to knit some Christmas Angels to support the work of the Action for Children fundraising committee? Over the past two years, hundreds of knitted angels have been donated to families and children during the Carol singing and Journey to the Stable events - and we'd like to do the same this year.

You can explore the background to the work, and find more about how to get involved (including how to get the pattern for the angels), by reading this information sheet.




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